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Release date: 3 February 2014
Style: Death metal

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Disc I
01. Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel
02. Furor Divinus
03. Messe Noire
04. Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer
05. Amen
06. The Satanist
07. Ben Sahar
08. In The Absence Ov Light
09. O Father O Satan O Sun!
10. Ludzie Wschodu [Siekiera cover] [Australian bonus]

Disc II [DVD] [deluxe box set version]
01. Live Barbarossa
    1 - Intro
    2 - Ov Fire And The Void
    3 - Demigod
    4 - Moonspell Rites
    5 - Conquer All
    6 - Christians To The Lions
    7 - The Seed Ov I
    8 - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me
    9 - Decade Of ΘΕΡΙΟΝ
    10 - At The Left Hand Ov God
    11 - Slaves Shall Serve
    12 - Chant For ΕΣΧΗΑΤΟΝ 2000
    13 - 23 (The Youth Manifesto)
    14 - Lucifer
02. The Satanist: Oblivion

Top 20 albums of 2014: 14

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Adam "Nergal" Darski - guitars, vocals
Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Promiński - drums
Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski - bass, backing vocals
Patryk Dominik "Seth" Sztyber - guitars, backing vocals

Guest musicians
Michał Łapaj - hammond organ

Session musicians
Artur Jurek - orchestral arrangements
Krzysztof "Siegmar" Oloś - samples
Jan Galbas - backing vocals
Marcin Janek - saxophone
Pawel Hulisz - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michał Szcerba - French horn
Łukasz Łacny - French horn
Bogdan Kwiatek - trombone
Michał Mieczkowski - bass trombone
Alicja Leoniuk-Kit - cello
Magda Miotke-Bajerska - cello
Grażyna Michalec - cello


Additional info
Deluxe box set includes:
  • Black 10" boxset (with gold hot foil & UV gloss lamination).
  • CD/DVD digibook in silver mirror slipcase (44 page booklet).
  • Supersize posterflag (approx 3x5 feet).
  • Black wooden inverted rosary cross.
  • Metal pin.
  • Black communion waffles in black envelope.

    Produced by Behemoth.
    Co-produced by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy and Daniel Bergstrand.
    Engineered by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy.
    Drum tech by Urban Näsvall.
    Recorded at Hertz Studio by Wojtek and Sławek Wiesławscy, February-June 2013 e.v.
    Additional recording at Dug-Out, Radio Gdańsk, Sounsgreat Studio.
    Mixed by Matt Hyde at Hideaway Studio, Los Angeles, August-September 2013 e.v.
    Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, New York, September-October 2013 e.v.

    All art and calligraphy by Denis Forkas.

    The excerpt from Witold Gombrowicz's 'Ślub' in the song 'In The Abscence Ov Light' used with the kind permission of Rita Gombrowicz.

  • Staff review by
    wormdrink414

    Rating:
    6.0
    Not too many bands could throw a spoken-word, Kenny G sax muzak thing into the middle of a song called "In The Absence Ov Light" and not get laughed away into obscurity. Behemoth can get away with shit like that. They're just too cool to be dismissed. They sound cool and, with a theatrical sense that rivals well over half a Lady Gaga, they LOOK cool. I mean, I'm not gay, but I'd let Nergal and Orion double team me if they still want to.

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    published 12.02.2014 | Comments (212)

    Guest review by
    flightoficarus

    Rating:
    10
    What's my favorite scary movie? The Shining. With its subtle, psychological terror and slow-build that only Kubrick can pull off, it's a masterpiece. Sure, I get down with the gore-ridden creature features too. Everything from Evil Dead to Friday the 13th is cool in my book. Why is this relevant? Aliens. Okay, now you are more confused. Let me elaborate further. I think a lot of long-time fans come to a Behemoth album expecting a certain level of violence. Demigod, Thelema.6, Zos Kia Cultus; these classics are the "Aliens" of the Behemoth discography. Explosions, flame-throwers, disembowelment, "Game over man, game over!" I'm right with you, popcorn ready. The Satanist, on the other hand, is "Alien." Swarms of xenomorphs are replaced with a single, lurking threat in the shadows. The emphasis is on tension as each innocent is picked off one by one and dragged to their grim (and unseen) demise. While both styles are equally valid, I find the imagination to be a far darker place than anything directly fed to my senses.

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    published 09.02.2015 | Comments (42)

    Staff pick by
    Daniell

    03.02.2014 Starting with Demigod, Behemoth's albums became more and more soulless. Faster, more brutal, better produced, but devoid of feelings. But no more. This one is spontaneous, wild, unhinged and unpredictable. It has more music than brutality, more feeling than calculation. A fantastic treat.

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    rahul77 - 14.02.2014 at 12:21  
    Rating: 10 This album by far the best album of behemoth...every damn song is worth listening ...people who rated this album below 8 definitely dislike behemoth...especialy d one who said that 'lucifer' was boring...behemoth is known for its harsh lyrics and style...nd by bringing out this album they have reached a new level...hail satan! hail behemoth!..\m/..
    Dinruth - 14.02.2014 at 13:18  
     
    Written by Heka69 on 13.02.2014 at 13:25

    Written by deadone on 13.02.2014 at 07:07
    A Top 200 shouldn't have sucjh fluctuations. It's meant to be some sort of list of creme de la creme of metal, and not open to flights of fancy.


    But it will never be. Any mongrel can cast it's vote


    And who decides who is a mongrel and who isn't? What makes you think that you aren't one?
    Heka69 - 14.02.2014 at 15:27  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Dinruth on 14.02.2014 at 13:18
    And who decides who is a mongrel and who isn't? What makes you think that you aren't one?

    I sure am one. Aren't we all? However,

    Written by rahul77 on 14.02.2014 at 12:21

    This album by far the best album of behemoth...every damn song is worth listening ...people who rated this album below 8 definitely dislike behemoth...especialy d one who said that 'lucifer' was boring...behemoth is known for its harsh lyrics and style...nd by bringing out this album they have reached a new level...hail satan! hail behemoth!..\m/..

    Written by rahul77 on 14.02.2014 at 12:21

    ...hail satan! hail behemoth!..\m/..

    Written by rahul77 on 14.02.2014 at 12:21

    hail

    Written by rahul77 on 14.02.2014 at 12:21

    \m/

    As the evidence allows us to conclude, some are clearly more mongrelish than others. But that's okay. Besides making a big open smile (emoticon: ":D") and being thankful of still retaining over 40% of your braincells, there are really no other valid actions in a situation, where an album objectively not rightful of holding an entry to a toplist has one. It's a mass-opinion, and more often or not, it's not correct. But what is correct, then? Only your own opinion, pretty much. So this whole battle is useless, but hey, it gives us a context to write provocative replies to each other.
    Ace Frawley - 15.02.2014 at 00:18  
    Rating: 9 I love the atmosphere on this album. Also the dynamics of fast and slow. The drumming sounds fantastic and the guitar work is really good. You can hear the bass guitar in parts, which is really refreshing as you can't hear it in a lot of metal. I think this is an outstanding album when you spend a lot of time indulging in it. I'm a fan.
    Dinruth - 15.02.2014 at 15:36  
     
    Written by Heka69 on 14.02.2014 at 15:27


    As the evidence allows us to conclude, some are clearly more mongrelish than others. But that's okay. Besides making a big open smile (emoticon: ":D") and being thankful of still retaining over 40% of your braincells, there are really no other valid actions in a situation, where an album objectively not rightful of holding an entry to a toplist has one. It's a mass-opinion, and more often or not, it's not correct. But what is correct, then? Only your own opinion, pretty much. So this whole battle is useless, but hey, it gives us a context to write provocative replies to each other.


    There is no objectivity in art ... and there is no such thing as "correct" in an opinion... for you some albums do not deserve a place in the top 200 .. for others they do . who is right? noone is right .. it's just a tool - as someone else has mentioned before - to get to know more metal that has an impact on certain people .. and I really hate the "mainstream" discussion .. I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...

    Overall I agree with The Satanist not being so special, but if it is the greatest piece of work ever released to someone else, that's cool
    Heka69 - 15.02.2014 at 15:51  
    Rating: 7
    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36
    who is right? noone is right

    That's what I said.
    Dinruth - 15.02.2014 at 15:53  
     
    Written by Heka69 on 15.02.2014 at 15:51

    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36
    who is right? noone is right

    That's what I said.


    Then I must have misread your post and we perfectly agree with each other
    Ace Frawley - 15.02.2014 at 22:38  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...


    I think you are spot on there. I get that feeling all the time around here. It's a type of elitism that just makes the perpetrators look like snobs. And before someone jumps on me for even daring to suggest this - be clear that I'm not denying anyone the right to express their views.
    Vombatus - 16.02.2014 at 06:18  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 15.02.2014 at 22:38

    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...

    I think you are spot on there. I get that feeling all the time around here. It's a type of elitism that just makes the perpetrators look like snobs. And before someone jumps on me for even daring to suggest this - be clear that I'm not denying anyone the right to express their views.


    I think this is a common point of view coz everyone associates elitism or "people that think they are special" with the underground. However, I have seen no proof of this on a regular basis, except for an mininal amount of people that usually dwell over at ANUS and still live in their parents basement.
    Most people into more "underground" bands (ie. not mainstream, if you can even call that underground) will also appreciate more mainstream bands and don't consider bashing the popular bands as a holy task.
    But I do think some people pull out the "your only like super underground stuff anyway" argument too often when discussing an album that got a lot of mainstream coverage.

    When discussing about popular bands, some people seem to have difficulties to take in consideration the music/style/genre itself (for example, people that don't like modern Behemoth's style probably ain't gonna appreciate The Satanist simply coz of the music, nothing more) and rather bring up far-fetched arguments about being mainstream and whatnot, when no one gives a crap about it (except for ANUS-related individuals, obviously).
    Apothecary - 16.02.2014 at 07:26  
     
    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...

    Depends on the person I guess. There are definitely people of this type of mentality out there, but I think I can speak for the more underground-inclined people in the Staff (myself, Joe, Troy, etc.) in saying that it's not so much that we don't like mainstream music, we just find many of its formulas to be cliche and overdone. But hey, if that works for some people, then no hate on them. Whatever gets the job done for you, right?
    Cynic Metalhead - 16.02.2014 at 10:48  
    Rating: 6
    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    Written by Heka69 on 14.02.2014 at 15:27



    .. I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...


    Written by Apothecary on 16.02.2014 at 07:26

    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36


    Depends on the person I guess. There are definitely people of this type of mentality out there, but I think I can speak for the more underground-inclined people in the Staff (myself, Joe, Troy, etc.) in saying that it's not so much that we don't like mainstream music, we just find many of its formulas to be cliche and overdone. But hey, if that works for some people, then no hate on them. Whatever gets the job done for you, right?


    It's not about mentality nor about deliberate hate towards mainstream scene(music, art, movies etc). Talking about mainstream bands out here, you guys thinking too much of it. People starve for good music immaterial it's underground or mainstream bands. You'll see lot of people here bashing underground or obscure black, death or even thrash metal bands because their music not up to the mark. We don't have certain mentality or biased view about mainstream bands. Simple, if music is good it'll be appreciated otherwise bands like Warning, Ulver, Darkthrone or even Candlemass has got good amount of criticisms.

    So, it depends upon good music as I said. Mainstream bands like Death Angel, Clutch, Evile, Enslaved, Satan have released fantastic records as well. Tagging certain amount of listeners as favorting underground music would be pretty much dull statement I would say.
    Dinruth - 16.02.2014 at 16:56  
     
    Written by Cynic Metalhead on 16.02.2014 at 10:48



    It's not about mentality nor about deliberate hate towards mainstream scene(music, art, movies etc). Talking about mainstream bands out here, you guys thinking too much of it. People starve for good music immaterial it's underground or mainstream bands. You'll see lot of people here bashing underground or obscure black, death or even thrash metal bands because their music not up to the mark. We don't have certain mentality or biased view about mainstream bands. Simple, if music is good it'll be appreciated otherwise bands like Warning, Ulver, Darkthrone or even Candlemass has got good amount of criticisms.

    So, it depends upon good music as I said. Mainstream bands like Death Angel, Clutch, Evile, Enslaved, Satan have released fantastic records as well. Tagging certain amount of listeners as favorting underground music would be pretty much dull statement I would say.


    Of course it's not true for every person listening to underground .. I myself appreciate a lot of underground so it would be retarded for me to think bad about underground listeners .. I just meant that I get the impression that SOME people act that way
    Dinruth - 16.02.2014 at 16:57  
     
    Written by Apothecary on 16.02.2014 at 07:26

    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...

    Depends on the person I guess. There are definitely people of this type of mentality out there, but I think I can speak for the more underground-inclined people in the Staff (myself, Joe, Troy, etc.) in saying that it's not so much that we don't like mainstream music, we just find many of its formulas to be cliche and overdone. But hey, if that works for some people, then no hate on them. Whatever gets the job done for you, right?


    of course .. and I certainly meant 'some people' not all people ..
    Dinruth - 16.02.2014 at 16:59  
     
    Written by Vombatus on 16.02.2014 at 06:18

    Written by Ace Frawley on 15.02.2014 at 22:38

    Written by Dinruth on 15.02.2014 at 15:36

    I sometimes get the feeling, people define themselves as being special for listening to super-unknown-underground bands only and like trashtalking about more "mainstream" music ...

    I think you are spot on there. I get that feeling all the time around here. It's a type of elitism that just makes the perpetrators look like snobs. And before someone jumps on me for even daring to suggest this - be clear that I'm not denying anyone the right to express their views.


    But I do think some people pull out the "your only like super underground stuff anyway" argument too often when discussing an album that got a lot of mainstream coverage.



    you're probably right .. I don't know why I ahd the urge to get it out of my system, i don't even like the Satanist, I kinda just got that feeling reading some of the comments and for some reason I had to write it
    Monolithic - 17.02.2014 at 09:49  
     
    Written by Dinruth on 16.02.2014 at 16:59

    you're probably right .. I don't know why I had the urge to get it out of my system, i don't even like the Satanist, I kinda just got that feeling reading some of the comments and for some reason I had to write it

    Even supposing you liked Satanist at the first place, I wouldn't bash you for being close-minded or whatever accusation people use on "mainstream VS underground" topics. That's really getting dumb and boring these days.
    Dinruth - 17.02.2014 at 10:37  
     
    Written by Monolithic on 17.02.2014 at 09:49

    Written by Dinruth on 16.02.2014 at 16:59

    you're probably right .. I don't know why I had the urge to get it out of my system, i don't even like the Satanist, I kinda just got that feeling reading some of the comments and for some reason I had to write it

    Even supposing you liked Satanist at the first place, I wouldn't bash you for being close-minded or whatever accusation people use on "mainstream VS underground" topics. That's really getting dumb and boring these days.


    I was probably wrong writing it in this case, but I don't see how using this accusation in general is dumb ... I still believe that there are some people out there talking/thinking that way and I believe THAT is dumb and immature .. sry to the admins for drifting too far off topic ..
    Monolithic - 17.02.2014 at 10:54  
     
    Written by Dinruth on 17.02.2014 at 10:37

    I was probably wrong writing it in this case, but I don't see how using this accusation in general is dumb ... I still believe that there are some people out there talking/thinking that way and I believe THAT is dumb and immature .. sry to the admins for drifting too far off topic ..

    whatever the case, it's getting more and more complicated every day when you get to know more people, tastes, ideologies, preferences, whatever.

    To bring it on the right track, I still get a mixed message from The Satanist.
    Dinruth - 17.02.2014 at 18:20  
     
    Written by Monolithic on 17.02.2014 at 10:54

    Written by Dinruth on 17.02.2014 at 10:37

    I was probably wrong writing it in this case, but I don't see how using this accusation in general is dumb ... I still believe that there are some people out there talking/thinking that way and I believe THAT is dumb and immature .. sry to the admins for drifting too far off topic ..

    whatever the case, it's getting more and more complicated every day when you get to know more people, tastes, ideologies, preferences, whatever.

    To bring it on the right track, I still get a mixed message from The Satanist.


    sure thing .. Yeah certainly not a bad album, imo, but nothing mindblowing either
    Boxcar Willy - 19.02.2014 at 00:01  
    Rating: 6 So I finally got off my ass and downloaded this and...


    I'm pretty disappointed.

    This could have been so much better. Most songs drag on far too long, and the lack of any real depth makes them even more boring. The vocals are very monotonous as well. Going to have to agree with Wormdrink on around a 6 rating. Although I could totally see it going down even more with more listens, but I don't think i'll bother.
    Hex_Omega - 20.02.2014 at 20:47  
    Rating: 7
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 12.02.2014 at 21:51

    Written by Hex_Omega on 12.02.2014 at 21:50

    not 8.9 (fortunately )

    Down to 8.8 now

    8.6, we are winning
    infernaldeath87 - 21.02.2014 at 01:34  
    Rating: 10 I seriously cannot see how someone can give this album less than a 7...
    Unhealer - 24.02.2014 at 05:51  
    Rating: 9 Well, this is definitely my new favorite Behemoth album.
    What attracts me of this album more than others is that each song has it's own strong identity. While on all the other albums I checked the listen tends to become homogeneous and tiring at several stages, on this one each song has it's own weapon to regain my attention minute after minute.
    Other remarkable points are the dialed-up bass sound (I think it never has been so present in the mix), the production in general (guitar tone for the solos is damn tasty) and the orchestration, choirs, brass, sax, etc. that was used to decorate the songs was really effective and refreshing.
    Ace Frawley - 24.02.2014 at 11:39  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Unhealer on 24.02.2014 at 05:51

    Well, this is definitely my new favorite Behemoth album.
    What attracts me of this album more than others is that each song has it's own strong identity. While on all the other albums I checked the listen tends to become homogeneous and tiring at several stages, on this one each song has it's own weapon to regain my attention minute after minute.
    Other remarkable points are the dialed-up bass sound (I think it never has been so present in the mix), the production in general (guitar tone for the solos is damn tasty) and the orchestration, choirs, brass, sax, etc. that was used to decorate the songs was really effective and refreshing.


    I can't comment on how it compares to other Behemoth albums because this is the only one I've got, but agree with all your other points. Another thing that attracts me to this album is that I'm discovering a different song as being my favourite every few days. Initially I liked the opening track, then "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer" became my favourite, then it was "Amen" and now it's "Ben Sahar".
    MaiSweettShaadow - 26.02.2014 at 04:07  
    Rating: 1 Boring! all the songs are the same pretentious trite of doing black satanist focus metal. Also ,the lyrics are very dumb and repetitive, seems like and teenager metalhead with culture and personal problems wrotte it. the only song I enjoyed was the first. 2/10.
    NocturnalStalker - 28.02.2014 at 16:54  
    Rating: 9 Just listened to this album for the first time and... It sounds odd. I guess, I'll need some more listens to make up my mind about this record.
    Ace Frawley - 03.03.2014 at 11:58  
    Rating: 9 I just increased my rating of this album to 9, as every time I listen to it I just enjoy it more and more. I'd be keen to hear from those who rate it as average, or below, to suggest some albums in the same sub-genre that they think are superior. I'm not being a smart-&rse about that, I'm genuinely interested. You can send me a PM if you prefer, rather than post to this thread.
    pkillerjp - 10.03.2014 at 19:38  
    Rating: 9 Haven't heard it enough to rate it yet, but so far my impressions are it's far better than Evangelion, which everyone loved but put me to sleep. It seems to have enough atmosphere and accessibility to have the long term appeal of a Demigod to most of their fans. (I wouldn't call myself a huge fan of this band, although I admit, they always keep me curious with new releases )
    pkillerjp - 13.03.2014 at 18:53  
    Rating: 9 Upon further review- it's a grower and a strong 9.
    Deadmeat - 27.03.2014 at 10:25  
    Rating: 8 I just started listening to this album.... it seems really average, cant find great moments on it yet. i just find it hard to believe that it tends to have a greater rating than Zos Kia Cultus which is probably THE masterpiece of this band...
    psykometal - 27.03.2014 at 10:51  
     
    Written by Deadmeat on 27.03.2014 at 10:25

    I just started listening to this album.... it seems really average, cant find great moments on it yet. i just find it hard to believe that it tends to have a greater rating than Zos Kia Cultus which is probably THE masterpiece of this band...

    It has a higher rating partially because it's new, so there's a lot of people upvoting it to keep it high in the 2014 MS Charts. God only knows how many of those 300+ accounts are ghost accounts created for the sole purpose of manipulating the Charts. Sad show effect of popularity contests.
    Deadmeat - 27.03.2014 at 11:56  
    Rating: 8
    Written by psykometal on 27.03.2014 at 10:51

    Written by Deadmeat on 27.03.2014 at 10:25

    I just started listening to this album.... it seems really average, cant find great moments on it yet. i just find it hard to believe that it tends to have a greater rating than Zos Kia Cultus which is probably THE masterpiece of this band...

    It has a higher rating partially because it's new, so there's a lot of people upvoting it to keep it high in the 2014 MS Charts. God only knows how many of those 300+ accounts are ghost accounts created for the sole purpose of manipulating the Charts. Sad show effect of popularity contests.

    well of course i know that... i guess it's gonna take a long time till the rating drops to 8,3 or 8,2 and i am not sure if this is going to happen. and this is realy unfair for their really great albums (which have a low rating btw)
    Ornusashas - 06.04.2014 at 02:47  
    Rating: 10 This album is a perfect mix of classic Behemoth emotion and new Behemoth atmosphere and composition. Never have I heard Inferno rock out as hard as Frost. And never have I heard Nergal communicate his message so powerfully. Well done.
    Lethrokai - 09.04.2014 at 23:13  
    Rating: 7
    Written by psykometal on 27.03.2014 at 10:51

    It has a higher rating partially because it's new, so there's a lot of people upvoting it to keep it high in the 2014 MS Charts. God only knows how many of those 300+ accounts are ghost accounts created for the sole purpose of manipulating the Charts. Sad show effect of popularity contests.


    At least it's not as bad as the people who decide that giving their favourite album a 10 isn't enough, and end up giving every other album near it on the charts a low score.
    psykometal - 10.04.2014 at 00:02  
     
    Written by Lethrokai on 09.04.2014 at 23:13

    At least it's not as bad as the people who decide that giving their favourite album a 10 isn't enough, and end up giving every other album near it on the charts a low score.

    Oh, I'm sure there's plenty of that going on. How else do you think it's constantly bouncing in and out of the #1 spot...
    God Alone - 15.04.2014 at 13:20  
    Rating: 7 The hype is already deflating, I think. Still a pretty solid album, just usual Behemoth. Glad to see Nergal back in shape.
    Ace Frawley - 15.04.2014 at 13:39  
    Rating: 9 Totally in love with Inferno's drumming on this album. Great stuff.
    God Buster 鬼 - 24.04.2014 at 19:04  
      Naming a black metal album The Satanist is like naming your penis - "willy".
    NocturnalStalker - 04.05.2014 at 17:38  
    Rating: 9 After giving this album a lot more listens I changed my opinion. I must confess I positively love it! It feels like Nergal had put all the negative energy he'd stored up in the time of his sickness and unleashed it in the form of this sonic Inferno.
    Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer and The Satanist are now two of my favourite Behemoth tracks ever. As for the other songs - I think they are also quite good, to say the least.
    Ace Frawley - 05.05.2014 at 05:47  
    Rating: 9
    Written by NocturnalStalker on 04.05.2014 at 17:38

    After giving this album a lot more listens I changed my opinion. I must confess I positively love it! It feels like Nergal had put all the negative energy he'd stored up in the time of his sickness and unleashed it in the form of this sonic Inferno.
    Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer and The Satanist are now two of my favourite Behemoth tracks ever. As for the other songs - I think they are also quite good, to say the least.


    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.
    NocturnalStalker - 05.05.2014 at 18:36  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Ace Frawley on 05.05.2014 at 05:47

    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.

    I couldn't possibly agree more with you on this...
    !J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 01:39  
      The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 05:26  
    Rating: 9
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 01:39

    The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.


    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 05:26  
    Rating: 9
    Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 01:39

    The "oh but people didn't give it enough listens to be able to fully understand it" argument is really one of the most tired and moot arguments on here one listen is enough to know whether or not one can like something, especially something like this which is hardly rocket surgery. Familiarity does not always equal increased quality.


    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.
    Unhealer - 06.05.2014 at 06:06  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Ace Frawley on 05.05.2014 at 05:47

    I suspect some people didn't give this album a chance. Just one listen or two is not enough to fully appreciate it. I know some people on here might jump down my throat for saying that but I believe it to be true for most people. It takes time, i.e. repeated listens, to fully appreciate something as good as this. If you can like or dislike an album or song from the beginning, then you are probably listening to bubblegum pop music.


    I get you, but with one listen you can determine at least whether you *could* like it or not. It happened to me that I listened to an album/band and didn't like it, but something made me suspect it deserved more listens and only because of that it's that I did and ended up liking it.
    But you know, if I put a Justin Bieber album I'll know after a couple of songs I'm not going to like it and that won't change even if I listen to it five more times.

    It also happens that you are not in a point where you can enjoy the music yet and trying after a few years may be rewarding
    Lit. - 06.05.2014 at 06:29  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then,

    That argument's even worse.
    !J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 13:21  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then, but I asked a while back for some people to give me other bands or albums in this same sub-genre that they would rate a lot higher, so I can have a listen. I'm not being smart about this - I'm being genuine in that if someone like you rates this a 5 and is a fan of this style of music, then I'd love to hear something you rate a 8, 9 or 10. You can send me suggestions privately if you like.

    Well my issue with the album is that I found it to be a very floaty, aimless style of playing that felt like it wasn't being backed up enough by clever and memorable song writing, so for specific examples it would be hard to say. Just the general modern black metal market really. Deathspell Omega, Svart Crown, even Watain etc. I found quite a lot of that dissonant, avant-garde-esque riffing here which is something I usually like but in this instance it felt very forcefully inserted. I kind of wish it did sound like something else more specifically instead of an amalgamation of lots of different bands I enjoy. It's not like I'm picking on Behemoth for their name though, there's been quite a few bands that have tried to be clever and have failed in my eyes, such as Dodecahedron or this year's Murmur. Technically impressive but ultimately not memorable or musical to my ears, or sometimes even downright cold and sterile that doesn't resonate with me at all.
    Ace Frawley - 06.05.2014 at 22:49  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Guest on 06.05.2014 at 06:29

    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 05:26

    Each to their own then,

    That argument's even worse.


    It's not an argumant, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.
    Lit. - 06.05.2014 at 23:00  
     
    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 22:49

    It's not an argument, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.

    Yes it most certainly is, and it sure as hell doesn't need to be brought every time someone likes an album other people hate. It makes you sound pretentious.

    And don't reduce this argument to your petty levels by name-calling. What are you, 12?
    Ace Frawley - 07.05.2014 at 06:55  
    Rating: 9
    Written by Guest on 06.05.2014 at 23:00

    Written by Ace Frawley on 06.05.2014 at 22:49

    It's not an argument, dickwad, it's just conceding that people are different.

    Yes it most certainly is, and it sure as hell doesn't need to be brought every time someone likes an album other people hate. It makes you sound pretentious.

    And don't reduce this argument to your petty levels by name-calling. What are you, 12?


    Yeah, fair point there, I shouldn't have stooped to name-calling. Sorry about that. Got out on the wrong side of the bed, I think, but no excuse. But on the point about the argument of saying "each to their own" making one sound pretentious, that's not something I really understand. For me, it's a concession that it's not really worth arguing the point about something and just let the differences be accepted.
    Ichinose - 01.06.2014 at 13:33  
      The only song I loved in the whole thing was the last one ' O Father O Satan O Sun! '... And I gotta say that's one of the best songs I've ever heard, mind you I am not a big fan of death metal nor black metal. But that one song blew me the fuck away after 8 songs of mediocre/borderline good stuff..

    6/10 would have been my rating, but the last song kinda "saved" the album for me and it gets a 7/10

    I can't stress the need to tell every metal listener you know of to listen to ' O Father O Satan O Sun! ' immediately.

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